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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 15, 2008 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-09-25.sbd.miller.88822.sbeok.flac16

Up till now, I've only been aware of the pretty good AUD and a SBD of this show that was seriously lacking. Well, I found that Mr. Miller had worked his magic on this one and I am all too pleased. Great show with Jerry on fire from the start. The first set is a blazer. The mix does start out really poor, this is also evident in the AUD, but it resolves itself in time.

Set 1:
New Minglewood Blues
Friend of the Devil ->
El Paso
Peggy-O ->
Little Red Rooster
Bird Song ->
Beat It On Down The Line
Cumberland Blues
Passenger
Althea
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
Might As Well ->
Samson And Delilah
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Never Trust A Woman ->
Lost Sailor ->
Saint Of Circumstance ->
Drums ->
Space ->
The Wheel ->
Sugar Magnolia ->
Black Peter ->
Around and Around ->
Sunshine Daydream

Encore:
U.S. Blues

Like I said, the first set just smokes with some excellent versions of old favorites. The enitre set can possibly cause your head some statistically significant damage. Peggy-O is picture perfect, Bird Song is too sweet, Cumberland blues is on fire, Passenger blows up, Althea is a real powerhouse and TMNS is one of my favorite versions. Jerry just nails it all.

The second set is just a continuation and expansion of the first. The Scarlet>Fire is relatively compact, but, wow, does it pack a punch. Chair Destroyer for sure. But it is truly the post Space line up that is the real killer. When they kick up the Sunshine Daydream out of Around and Around, the place goes ballistic. Hell, even the US Blues encore rips it up.

I may have, no, I'm sure I have, brought this show up in the past, but finding this Miller SBD has made me do it again. Listen to it or not, it's your choice, but I'm pretty sure you'll find it worth your while.

Charlie's note at the bottom says "this recording basically sucks -it starts off bad and gets worse
-- The only reason I am circulating this is because I was asked to". Well, it may not be perfect, but I think its a bit of an improvement.


This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2008-05-15 15:49:08

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Poster: stratocaster Date: May 15, 2008 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

I went to this show originally some time ago to check out the Scarlet>Fire...it was decent, nowhere near as good as the Greek version from 09-12-1981, nor the Barcelona version from a month later, 10-19-1981...HOWEVER, a bunch of the more underwhelming numbers are all played well and the shwo, as a whole , is worht checking out...I love these upgrades popping up, I just hope that they remember that balance is key... still want my music significantly louder than the crowd...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 15, 2008 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

Don't forget the Black Peter from this show. Stunning. You're right about the S/F, but taken as a whole work, the show really packs a punch. One of those shows that benefits more from a complete listen than just a few selected tracks.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 15, 2008 2:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

This show was a lot of fun to be at, I can tell you. Break-out tunes on this tour - it was my first Cumberland Blues and Might As Well, and I don't think either had been back in rotation for very long.
This short little tour was also pretty demanding geographically - it took all of the following day to get from Bethlehem to Buffalo, only to learn that we beat some of the crew - the Buffalo show was at least an hour late starting. We headed back to Beantown after, but I know people who drove from Buffalo to Landover for the 27th. Crazy stuff, but good crazy.

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Poster: JodyC Date: May 15, 2008 3:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

Hey Fenario-e Bethlehem you mention-is it PA or NH? My brother lives in the NH one.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 15, 2008 6:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

PA - the location of the show in question - outside Pittsburgh, I think but it's been a long time ...

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Poster: JodyC Date: May 16, 2008 5:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

That seemed more likely, but had to ask. Thanks.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 16, 2008 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

Bethlehem is about 30 minutes west from the PA/NJ border, North of Philly. I went to Lehigh in Bethlem in the mid 80's (just missed this show though....Damn it!). Did get to see the first tour where Dickie Betts and Greg Allman played together following thier long seperation (which has happened again...guess Dickie can't get this s**t together, which is odd since a good friend of mine - the campus dealer - got Gregg some blow before the show).

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 16, 2008 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

Those guys are worse than Ray and Dave Davies - I saw the Allmans at the Music Hall in Boston in 1979 or 1980 and the same stuff was going on - nobody knew right up until showtime whether Dicky was even going to be there. Of course he was, and of course it was a fantastic show, and I think the uncertainty made for a particularly amped audience.

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: May 15, 2008 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well aint this a nice find...a good, complete SBD of 9/25/81

I saw this on the Etree site a couple of weeks ago too...